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Postoperative Pain Management - Focus on Safety

Postoperative Pain Management - Focus on Safety



Time to Complete

30 minutes


February 16, 2018


February 15, 2019
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Maximum Credits

0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.50 / ANCC Contact Hours

Pharmacy Credits

Pharmacists may earn 0.50 CPE Credits (0.05 CEUs) by completing this course on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) website. Please click here to go to the course (you will leave the myCME website, and free registration on the ASHP website is required). Your certificate will save on and will not be included in your myCME CME History. Be prepared to provide your NABP eProfile ID, birth month, and date (required for ASHP to submit your credits to CPE Monitor).

Accredited Providers

Haymarket Medical Education – CME (AMA)
Global Education Group (Global) – ANCC
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – CPE

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Program Description

Opioid medications provide highly effective analgesia to patients with postsurgical pain, but not without multiple well-documented risks. In response, clinical focus has increasingly moved to identifying and implementing perioperative strategies to manage pain with less reliance on opioids. A multimodal approach using medications that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as nonpharmacologic interventions can be successful, but depend on collaborative care from all members of a surgical patient’s healthcare team.


Intended Audience

Physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others involved in the management of patients experiencing or at risk for postoperative pain

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the scope and burden of the current opioid epidemic
  • Discuss the rationale for the use of multimodal pain management strategies in the postoperative setting
  • Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and medication interactions that place individuals at increased risk for opioid-related adverse drug events or substance use disorders
  • Apply the American Pain Society recommendations regarding multimodal, patient-specific, and procedure-specific treatments for patients experiencing postoperative pain in an effort to enhance recovery after surgery

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, Haymarket Medical Education (HME), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and Global Education Group require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HME resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.


Darin J. Correll, MD
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Dr. Correll has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Julie Golembiewski, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Chicago, IL

Dr. Golembiewski receives consulting fees from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Lois J. Pizzi, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Pain Management
UPMC Shadyside Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Ms. Pizzi is on the speakers bureau for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




CNE Contact Hour(s)

Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (AANC’s) Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

This educational activity for 0.50 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Haymarket Medical Education for ANCC credit.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

Haymarket Medical Education staff involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists staff involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Liddy Knight, Ashley Marostica, RN, and Andrea Funk of Global Education Group have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This CME/CE/CPE activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE/CPE activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition.


The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Haymarket Medical Education, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Global Education Group, or Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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